According to a 2015 Journal of Accounting Research study, a leader’s competency is assessed within half a minute. This means people can quickly determine whether a leader is confident, trustworthy, or reliable. It’s important to be aware of your presence because it speaks volumes about your leadership style.

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Reflect on how to project your voice

Learning how to project your voice is fundamental in developing and honing your leadership skills. Start by simply taking a moment to reflect.

Is speaking with confidence about inflecting your voice or is it a mindset?

Exercises to help you project your voice

Now, it's time to put your reflection into action. Finding opportunities to implement your leadership skills can allow you to project your voice.

  • Vary your pace and tone during a meeting. For example, slow down when you’re explaining a complicated idea and emphasizing important points to your team.  
  • Scrap the “ums” and “ahs” when giving a presentation. Practice your speech or presentation until you eliminate your filler words.  
  • Pause between when transitioning ideas or coming to the end of a sentence. Embrace the silence instead of adding filler words.

Additional resources to help you project your voice

Four Quick Tips For Speaking More Confidently
Business speaking isn’t about being flashy. It’s about being poised, balanced, and relevant.
How To Sound Confident (Even When You’re Not)
Confidence is a crucial component of personal and professional success. Remember these tips next time you are in need of a jolt of self-confidence.
5 Ways to Project Confidence in Front of an Audience
Speak slowly and use simple words.

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